Rolling-Tooth Core Breakoff and Retention Mechanism
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
Wednesday, June 01 2011
The mechanism has applications in analytical tests of geological materials.
Sampling cores requires the controlled breakoff of the core at a known location with respect to the drill end. An additional problem is designing a mechanism that can be implemented at a small scale that is robust and versatile enough to be used for a variety of core samples. This design consists of a set of tubes (a drill tube and an inner tube) and a rolling element (rolling tooth). An additional tube can be used as a sample tube. The drill tube and the inner tube have longitudinal holes with the axes offset from the axis of each tube. The two eccentricities are equal. The inner tube fits inside the drill tube, and the sample tube fits inside the inner tube.
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